[TYCDTN] – Chapter 45 Part 2
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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):
-柳綠 (liǔ lǜ)- Female lead’s main maidservant
-永乐侯府 (Yǒng lè hóu fǔ)- Marquis Yongle manor
-赵安顺(zhào Ānshùn)- Zhao An Shun, Magistrate of Yun Zhou.
-沈妙琪 (Shén miào qí) – the original female lead of the novel and Yu Pin Yan’s biological sister
-沈元奇 (Shén yuán qí) – Yu Xiang’s biological brother
-水月庵 (Shuǐ yuè ān) – Shui Yue Nunnery
Hearing that Shen Miao Qi was temporarily residing in Shui Yue Nunnery, Old Madam sent over a confidant Momo to teach her various etiquettes.
At this moment, it was drizzling and humid which brought a sense of clammy stuffiness in the air. Shen Miao Qi had knelt for 47 times but her posture was not up to standard yet, thus she had to repeat for the 48th time. Her knees, thighs and calf bones were in intense pain. She just wanted to find a soft couch to lie down immediately. However, Shen Miao Qi didn’t complain, merely apologized obediently to the momo and started over again.
The momo was very satisfied with her that there were traces of contentment on her stern face. She was indeed the Marquis manor’s Di daughter that air of arrogance and elegance had long ingrained in her blood which was not inferior to Miss Xiang’er except a little short in the formidability aura. But why would an unmarried daughter of a noble house need this aura? It was already sufficient as such.
Shen Miao Qi slowly knelt down in accordance with the rules. Her posture was flawless this time. When she heard the momo’s praise, her tensed face relaxed somewhat and took a break on the chair.
She was not afraid of hardship nor weariness and could even endured the sufferings of ten or hundred folds. What she was afraid of was the indifference of the Yu family and leaving her in this nunnery. Seeing that the Yu family had sent a momo over to teach her etiquettes, she felt relieved as this meant Yu family did not have the intention of abandoning her.
She had heard Father Shen and Mother Shen constantly mentioning she was a person of eminence since she was a child. She thought they were talking about her future destiny hence this had yielded her distinct yearning for high position and great wealth at an early age. However, it was not until that day when she knew she was originally a nobility! It was the Shen family who stole her noble identity and sent their daughter to live a life of comfort. As all of her discontentment turned into hatred, she left that home for the Capital without the slightest hesitation.
It would be better not to mention her livelihood of the past fourteen years. If it was possible, she would use any means to wipe out each and every single stain. Fortunately, Father Shen had passed away and Mother Shen wouldn’t survive for several days while Shen Yuan Qi would stay a slave in Lingnan. Most of her burdens had instantly dispelled except for Zhao family and that bastard in the Marquis manor.
She would deal with that bastard herself but it would be somewhat difficult to handle the Zhao family as an arm couldn’t wrung a thigh. Based on the power of the Yu family, it shouldn’t be a big deal to handle the Zhao family that didn’t have any foundation?
Thinking about this, she looked at the old momo and asked, “Qin Momo, what does my Elder Brother do?”
Qin Momo was taking out several plasters to apply on her legs before replying in a low voice, “Your Elder Brother is the All Commander and only listened to the Emperor’s orders in the entire Han Dynasty. Not only the first and second-ranked officials, even the highest-ranked princes have to lower their heads when they see him. He is this…..” Speaking of it, she gave a thumbs-up.
Feeling her heart beating wildly, Shen Miao Qi totally had no idea Yu Pin Yan was so powerful. Although the Shen family was wealthy but it was still too inferior in their heritage compared to a large aristocratic family which resulted in Shen Miao Qi’s narrow vision and lack of knowledge. She couldn’t figure out what an All Commander does, but she did grasp the most important piece of information – she was now one of the high-ranked ladies in the Han Dynasty and finally obtained the high life she had been yearning for!
Although there were still a great deal of uncertainties and flaws in this life, it didn’t matter as she believed she could eventually remove all by her own means.
Taking a handkerchief out of her lapel, she gracefully covered the smirk at the corners of her lips.
At this moment, a nun spoke outside the door, “Benefactor Shen, someone’s here to see you. Please go to the main hall.”
Hearing that, Qin Momo was in delight and laughed, “Hurry and change your clothes, Young Miss. It must be Old Madam and Madam here to see you.”
Momentarily, Shen Miao Qi felt a little bewildered before she hastily smoothen the hair on her forehead then took out the most appropriate ruqun from the baggage and hurriedly changed into it.
“Miao Qi pays respect to Grandmother and Mother.” As soon as she entered the hall, she paid her courtesy gracefully, bringing out the perfect deportment that Qin Momo had taught her.
Fourteen was precisely the most fresh and tender age, moreover she resembled Lin Shi. Even though she was not peerless in looks, she was gentle as the water with faint eyebrows and appeared unblemished.
Eyes lit up, Lin Shi hurriedly rushed over and pulled her into her arms. Weeping in sorrow, “My poor daughter. Mother has finally found you! It’s been fourteen years since you left. Mother is grief-stricken whenever thinking about you and almost unable to live on …”
“Mother, daughter misses you too!” Shen Miao Qi dashed into the arms of the luxuriously dressed woman without a trace of reservation or awkwardness, as if the separation of those past fourteen years was just an illusion.
Old Madam thanked the old nun who led the way before she went to take the seat of honor. She then sized up both weeping mother and daughter with dark and unfathomable eyes.
Regardless of appearance and demeanor, these mother and daughter did have eight to nine points of similarities. From an outsider’s point of view, they would definitely be complimented as willow branches trembling in the wind, charming and moving. However, in Old Madam’s eyes, they had become ‘annoying people’. It was enough to have one crying face at home and now there was another.
Perhaps she used to value such women when she was young, finding them gentle, graceful and even moving, otherwise she would not have matched Lin Shi to her son. However, as she got older and her view of the world changed, she gradually felt that women like Xiang’er who was ardently fiery and enchantedly flamboyant were more likeable. Being with her, she would never feel weary regardless of whatever difficulties or hardships.
Unlike these two, this was obviously a joyous occasion yet why did it feel like the death of the parents? Thinking of this, Old Madam promptly spat and inwardly confessed to the Buddha for her bad thought.
In fact, Old Madam should not be blamed for her partiality. After suffering the torment of a crying face for fourteen years, who wouldn’t become nerve-wrecked.
襦裙(rú qún)- Ruqun is an item of traditional Chinese attire primarily for women but also for men. It consists of a blouse (襦 rú ) and a wrap-around skirt (裙 qún).
 弱柳扶风 (Ruò liǔ fúfēng) – Describes a woman with a fragile body and gentle movements.